Climate Change Australia?s Grafton branch officer Claire Aman checks the ecological footprint of Graftonians in Prince Street o
Climate Change Australia?s Grafton branch officer Claire Aman checks the ecological footprint of Graftonians in Prince Street o

Best foot forward for the environment



THE Clarence Valley branch of Climate Change Australia (CHA) has been given $11,880 to help people find their ecological feet.

CHA member Claire Aman said the grant from the New South Wales Government Climate Action Grants Program would go towards making copies of the Clarence Environment Centre's Ecological Footprint Indicator display for groups, businesses and children.

Ms Aman said on World Environment Day, Clarence Valley residents should consider the mark they leave on the earth.

"It seems so overwhelming but simple choices at a personal household level can help save the planet," Ms Aman said.

"Think global ? but acting local will help avert climate change."

Ms Aman said the indicator, which was developed in 2004, was an interactive display which encouraged people to think about how their lifestyle effects the environment.

"People answer 20 questions about aspects of their lifestyle ... the questions focus on household and transport habits," she said.

"At the end, a person's ecological footprint is described as a type of shoe. If you have an extremely large impact, you're considered to be wearing a great big boot.

"If your impact is very light, you're described as having bare feet ? everyone wants to achieve a good, small-footprint score."

Ms Aman said climate change was the biggest threat to our future.



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